In the MSHSAA Class 2 District 7 semifinals on Friday, the Hallsville Trojans defeated the Centralia Panthers by a score of 22-8, avenging an earlier loss to the Panthers. Hallsville has advanced to the district championship game for the second year in a row by prevailing against Centralia. Hallsville running back Harrison Fowler ran 38 times for 135 yards and a touchdown to help spur the offense, but it was quarterback Brayden Matheney, who surprised for Hallsville and continued his impressive postseason performance. Matheney filled in for Hallsville’s normal starter Colton Nichols and played the role of starter.
According to columbiamissourian.com Throughout the entire game, Matheney was impressive with his passing, completing passes of 37 and 43 yards, which helped set up Hallsville for possibilities to score touchdowns. He also threw two touchdown passes. The Panthers defense had a respectable performance, but the offense struggled throughout the game to create any sort of rhythm, and the only touchdown was a pass that was completed to receiver Jesse Caballero for 49 yards. This Friday at 7 o’clock at Bowling Green, Hallsville, who has a record of 6-5, will try to win the district championship by taking against unbeaten Bowling Green.
Mexico is defeated by Boonville in Class 3 competition.
In the Class 3 District 5 semifinals, Boonville defeated Mexico 27-13 with the aid of clutch red zone defense. Mexico was the team that Boonville faced. Colby Caton, the quarterback of the Pirates, had another outstanding performance. He began the game by throwing two touchdown passes in a hurry, which gave Boonville a 13-0 advantage. Despite this, the Bulldogs came back, and they were able to tie the game before the halftime break. The second half was dominated by the dominant performance of the Pirates’ red zone defense, which made three stops and prevented Mexico from scoring in the final 24 minutes of the game. Caton led the Pirates to the district championship game by scoring four touchdowns on the night, including two more on the ground and two via the air.
The passing touchdowns came in the second half, while the rushing touchdowns came in the first half. The Pirates, who have a record of 7-4, will compete for the district championship against the top-seeded Moberly team on the road in Moberly on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. The Spartans recently prevailed against Southern Boone in a nail-biting game by a score of 21-20.
Jefferson City is superior to Kirksville in every way.
Friday night’s Class 4 District 5 playoff game between Jefferson City and Kirksville was played at Adkins Stadium, and the second half of the game was rained out. Jefferson City came out on top, 43-21. In spite of deferring the toss of the coin, Jefferson City went into halftime with a lead of 19-14 and the next possession of the game. As soon as it started to rain, the Blue Jays did not deviate from their game plan and continued to rely on their run game just as they had done all season.
There were five players from Jefferson City who carried for at least 50 yards, with three of them surpassing the 100-yard mark. Rodney Wilson, a senior, led the way with 197 yards and a touchdown on only nine carries, setting the pace for the team. Both Jacob Wilson and Kantrell Jordan, both juniors, rushed for two scores, contributing to the team’s total of 230 yards gained by running the ball. Both Zane Wings and Ethan Garnett, both seniors, made significant contributions to the rout. Wings gained 101 yards on nine carries, and Garnett added 52 yards rushing and a touchdown of his own.
The district final will be held in Hannibal on Friday at 7 o’clock and will feature the Jays (6-4) playing against Hannibal (8-2). In order to win, Jefferson City’s five-man rushing attack will need to surpass Aneyas Williams, who is the premier running back for Hannibal. In Week 2, the Blue Jays were defeated by the Pirates at home by a score of 53-28.
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